The Near West: Medieval North Africa Latin Europe and the Mediterranean in the Second Axial Age [Hardback]

Allen J. Fromherz (Author)

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ISBN: 9780748642946 | Published by: Edinburgh University Press | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 288p, b/w illus




The Near West

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While scholarship in English has focused on correspondence, commerce and travel from West to East, there were also important cultural bridges being crossed between North Africa and Europe: this book will document this neglected history. It begins with a chronological overview of the political history of the Medieval Western Mediterranean, which provides the context for an exploration of the important trends in this history (Europeans in North Africa; North Africans in Europe; Traders and Merchants; Mercenaries and Slaves; and Conversion). It is primarily based upon the personal biographies of remarkable Mediterranean travellers, scholars, rulers and historians. The author navigates a middle path between the two dominant forms of historical thought in this area - that of the annaliste, structuralist school which seeks the constants of Mediterranean history, and the post-colonial constructivist school championed by Abdallah Larouri who called for a distinct history of the Maghrib from a Maghribi point of view.

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